MasterwebNews 7/6/17 - 10 ways Governor Yahaya Bello Should Employ In Fighting Corruption In Kogi State

[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - We must give kudos to Governor Yahaya Bello for taking a bold step in eradicating corruption in Kogi state. His zeal and determination to see a new Kogi state needs to be commended by all. In a time where Nigerians are accusing President Muhammadu Buhari and acting President Professor Yemi Osinbanjo of nepotism, impunity and favouritism, kudos must be given to Governor Yahaya Bello who has stand out in this trial period of our nascent democracy. He has shown signs of detribalize Nigerian, one who can be trusted with power. Even Governor Yahaya Bello opponent's can not deny the fact that his adminstration has been very transparent and magnanimous in appointing his cabinet. The Igala's still have the highest numbers of commissioner's, followed by the Okuns and the Ebira's. We must cherish the new direction government in the state and his effort to remodel Kogi state should be embraced by all. Kogite, must be aware of some selfish politician's who will never see anything good in this government unless it will transcend into money in their pocket. There are ten things Governor Yahaya Bello must do to ensure corruption is totally wiped out of Kogi state;

 

1. Corruption is not only about bribes: People especially the poor get hurt when resources are wasted. That’s why it is so important to understand the different kinds of corruption to develop smart responses.

 

2. Power of the people: Government should create pathways that give citizens relevant tools to engage and participate in their governments – identify priorities, problems and find solutions.

 

3. Cut the red tape: Bring together formal and informal processes (this means working with the government as well as non-governmental groups) to change behavior and monitor progress.

 

4. It’s not 1917 but 2017: Use the power of technology to build dynamic and continuous exchanges between key stakeholders: government, citizens, business, civil society groups, media, academia etc.

 

5. Deliver the goods: Invest in institutions and policy – sustainable improvement in how a government delivers services is only possible if the people in these institutions endorse sensible rules and practices that allow for change while making the best use of tested traditions and legacies – imported models often do not work.

 

6. Get incentives right: Align anti-corruption measures with market, behavioral, and social forces. Adopting integrity standards is a smart business decision, especially for companies interested in doing business with the World Bank Group and other development partners.

 

7. Sanctions matter: Punishing corruption is a vital component of any effective anti-corruption effort.

 

8. Act nationally and locally: Keep citizens engaged in anti corruption crusade at local, national, international and global levels – in line with the scale and scope of corruption. Make use of the architecture that has been developed and the platforms that exist for engagement.

 

9. Build capacity for those who need it most: States that suffer from chronic fragility, conflict and violence– are often the ones that have the fewest internal resources to combat corruption. Identify ways to leverage national resources to support and sustain good governance.

 

10. Learn by doing: Any good strategy must be continually monitored and evaluated to make sure it can be easily adapted as situations on the ground changes.

 

The government must not give up on it mandate to rescue the state from the crunches of corruption, the future of our state can only be great if we all rise up against corruption and clueless leaders. We say never again will Kogi state be held to ransom by some disgruntled politicians.

 

Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman

Former Chairman Nigerian Community In Ukraine.

 

*Photo Caption - Governor Yahaya Bello

 

 
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